Beautiful Montenegro offers something for every visitor – lovely beaches, ancient buildings and stunning mountains. The people of Montenegro are very friendly, welcoming and helpful.
1 Bay of Kotor
The stunning bay of Kotor has a shoreline of more than 100 km and is surrounded by mountains which makes it look like fjords. The region was already inhabited during the middle ages and so there are many churches, monasteries and old towns that can be visited.
Probably the most famous sight in the bay, besides Kotor, are the Islands of Sveti Đorđe and Gospa od Škrpjela (Our Lady of the Rocks). The legend says that fishermen saw the image of Maria on a rock in the bay and from then on they brought a rock every day out on the sea which gradually led to the formation of an artificial island.
Even though it’s one of the wettest places in Europe the rain never lasted long while I was there and I had many chances to swim and explore the villages along the bay. Many people offer rooms to stay in their houses directly at the sea and many of them have a private “beach” (which is rather a platform in most cases).
2 Old town and walls of Kotor
The ancient town of Kotor is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The buildings are well preserved and invite the visitor to take a stroll through the alleys and up the 1350 steps on the old fortification which offers a stunning view over the bay.
If you want to have a quiet visit of the town try to avoid the masses from the cruise ships. I asked a local guide for the time when the ships would be gone and visited then.
3 Sveti Stefan
The fortified village on the former island Sveti Sefan was turned into a hotel in the 1960s. Since 2009 the island, which is now connected to the mainland, belongs to a resort and can only be visited by guests. Even if you cannot effort to stay there (like me ;)) the island is a beautiful sight from the national road above or the beach in front of it.
4 Old Town of Bar
The old town was built during different epochs starting in the 11th century. As an UNESCO World Heritage site some of the buildings have been restored while a big part remains covered in plants.
It is possible to walk through the remains of the narrow alleys between former houses and inspect the different squares. Take enough time for the visit, the remains of over 250 public and private buildings can still be seen. Not many tourists find their way up to this sight and its possible to enjoy the view over Bar and the coast for a while in quiet from here.
5 Ostrog Monastery
The orthodox monastery has been build high up above a pretty valley in a cliff. Built in the 17th century into the rocks it is only accessible by a windy road around 1000 m up from the valley.
This pilgrim place can be reached in around 2 hours by car from the coast through beautiful sceneries – so already the ride is worth the effort.
6 Durmitor National Park and Tara River Canyon
The impressive canyon formed by the Tara river lies in a beautiful region in the north of Montenegro as part of the Dormitor national park with its winding roads and imposing mountains.
The river functions as border between Montenegro with Bosnia and Herzegovina as well in many parts. With its 1300 m maximum depth the Tara Gorge is the deepest river canyon in Europe and the second deepest worldwide.
The most popular thing to do there is white river rafting over a distance of about 18 km between Brstnovica to Sćepan Polje . The rafting is easy and many families with kids enjoyed the fun while I was there.
Beautiful Montenegro is definitely worth a visit! I could have stayed much longer and explored more of the northern mountainous region.
Have you discovered additional must visit places in this beautiful country? Any recommendations for a further visit?